Scripture: Jude 1:22-23 Show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. There are still others to whom you need to show mercy, but be careful that you aren’t contaminated by their sins.
Devotional: Who do you know whose faith may be wavering during these times? Or others who have no faith at all that need to be rescued from the certain eternal death they face without Christ?
According to this passage, you and I are to show mercy to them, all while guarding our own hearts and standing firm in our faith so we don’t stumble. The imagery here is that of snatching them from the flames of judgment. That’s a pretty powerful visual. It’s like running into a burning building to save someone’s life. There’s a definite risk, but when you love someone, you’ll likely take that risk.
Going back to our definition of mercy- undeserved forgiveness or unearned kindness, think about that person or persons that came to mind and pray for God to show you how you can offer undeserved forgiveness or show unearned kindness to them today.
- Make a list of the ways you can show mercy to that person or persons God placed on your heart, then carry out that mission as God’s agent of mercy this week.